Map of Post-Shift Atlanta

We have contacted the Pack and found this awesome map for you.  Don’t ask us what we had to do to get it. (Actually, the map was drawn by Julie K. who has done an incredible job.)

A version of this map will be going into Magic Breaks.  We want you to take a look at it and tell us what you think.  Please be nice, as Julie the Pack’s Chief Cartographer scoured the books and invested her time into making this awesome gift expecting nothing in return.  We are just trying to make sure that it’s as accurate as it could be.   All errors are due to our sloppy writing and not the Chief Cartographer’s skills.

Please remember that due to being half ruined, post-Shift Atlanta isn’t exactly the same as our current city, but we’d like to get it at least in the same ballpark.

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Updates and Upcoming Redesign

Updates and Upcoming Redesign

Burn for Me

Thank you to all the awesome betas who sent in their copyedit suggestions.  We still have a couple of days, so if you haven’t quite gotten yours in, we’ll totally take it.

Magic Breaks

I am about to send the ARCs of Magic Breaks to the beta readers. Sorry, guys, I dropped the ball.  We had prom and sickness and we are taking Kid 1 to the doctor this morning. Gordon valiantly finished the taxes.  I’m going to try to nuke the copyedit.

I’ve seen some preliminary feedback on MB and looks like the book might generate some controversy.  Roland didn’t quite turn out to be clear cut and the book doesn’t follow the standard Kate formula.  Some people really love it and others are like, “What the heck?”  It will be interesting to watch this one.

I’m terribly excited about the next one, because of the new thing Kate and Curran will be doing. But can’t say anymore or I’ll get in trouble.  That’s my only regret – I wish they would’ve let us put the snippet of the next one in, but Ace has some firm guidelines when it comes to hardback.

Sweep in Peace

We are going to be changing format of Sweep in Peace.  We are looking for dedicated proofreaders who will be given power to fix typos.  We love you, but you as a whole can’t be trusted with typo corrections.  :(  You guys fight over them and one dude decided to correct typos of readers in the comments.  So we’re are looking for a few good grammarians, who wouldn’t mind volunteering their time.  We will probably officially “hire” at least one for a nominal fee.  The target for the next post is this Friday.  I’ve got half of it done.

Blog and Newsletter

As you probably noticed, this space has gone to pro-updates only.  I’ve moved our personal rantings to a separate place.  Twitter account will also follow the same pattern.  Sorry, guys, but blogging is my therapy and I want to be able to do it in peace.  If you’re a friend or family, you will get an invite so you can keep up with kid prom pictures and random musings.  If I missed you, drop me a line.

As the result of this change, the website will undergo a mild redesign in the next few days.  We are looking at a better laid out home page and eliminating some of the menu options.  Pardon our mess while we work.  We will be rolling out a newsletter sign up, which will only include pro updates.  I’ll post when this will be happening.

Well, that is all.  :)

Magic Steals Completed

Magic Steals Completed

Magic Steals, a novella in the world of Kate Daniels, is completed and turned in to our editor at Ace.  This novella will be included in an anthology Night Shift.  Three other authors are Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, and Lisa Shearin.   Here is the blurb from Amazon.

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

Release date: November 25th, 2014.

Preorder links:  Indiebound | Powell’s | B & N | iTunes Amazon Not all preorder links are active yet (there is no Kindle version, for example,) because the book is still 8 months out.

Previous beta readers and Indonesian readers only: If you would like to read an early draft, half of which was written while high on cold medicine and running a fever, please email us through the website with Tiger Girl in the subject of your email.

The ARCs of MAGIC BREAKS are going out to betas today.  The copyedit of BURN FOR ME is also going out today.  We haven’t yet looked at the entries, so nobody is off the list yet. Sweep in Peace should resume this week or next week at the latest.  We were both sick and we’re now critically behind on things like taxes.  Also this weekend is the prom weekend.  Our oldest daughter is attending.  Thank you for your patience.

Beta call for Avon copy edit

Beta call for Avon copy edit

The copy edit for Avon is falling on the 9th and we have an open spot.  If you are interested and you can do it, please email us through the website with the subject line “volunteering for Burn for Me copy edit.” The contents of the email are up to you. If you like to tell us something about yourself that would be very helpful, prior experience, astrological signs, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones, all that. We ask that you please have it back to us no later than the 13th.

We will consider the first hundred applicants, after that we go upstairs to indulge our guilty pleasure of watching terrible shows on Discovery ID.  Thank you guys so much.

UPDATE: Thank you so much, we have reached 100+ entries.  No entries past this time, 1:47 pm Central, will be considered.

Update 2:  Again, beta call is now closed.

PDF ARC of MAGIC BREAKS has arrived

If you are a blogger and would like a review copy, our publicity contact is Alexis Nixon, who can be reached at Alexis.Nixon@us.penguingroup.com.  I don’t know if the ARC will be available on Netgalley.  Right now it doesn’t seem to be.  If someone can confirm or deny, it would be much appreciated.  It should pop up shortly before release, but you never know.

I know Penguin has funky limits in place on how many hits you have to have as a blogger to request the ARC, so I am sorry in advance if you don’t get one.  If you are a blogger with whom we have a long-standing relationship and you don’t get one, please let me know at the pro email address.

If you are one of the NDA’ed betas, and you are not sick of this yet and want to give it another shot, email me at the outlook address.  We are in the typo and repeated words stage now.  No large changes can be made, unless we seriously screwed up somewhere.  Please include ARC BETA in the subject of the email or I won’t see it. The ARC is due back on 19th, so I would need corrections before then.  Please keep in mind that  on the 9th, I’ll have the copyedit for BURN FOR ME as well, and we only get 7 days to turn it around, so if you would rather go for BURN FOR ME, you might have to make choices.

Finally, please proofread your name.  If you want it to be removed, changed, or added because we missed you, now is the time. Click the file to enlarge.

MBAcknowledgments

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Burn For Me Cover Reveal

BURN FOR ME
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Hidden Legacy, Book 1

Release date: October 28, 2014

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

Available from: Indiebound | Powell’s | B & N | Amazon | iTunes (Coming Soon)

ISBN: 978-0062289230

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I feel like we’ve been building toward this idea for a really long time.

It began years ago with a short story called Of Swine and Roses.  It’s a story of girl from a world where magic is a normal, every-day thing and her disastrous date.  There was something oddly compelling about the worldbuilding we did for that short.  Magic exists in the world, magic is hereditary, and family business often revolves around the family magic.  Imagine that you a pyrokinetic, a fire mage who can create heat and flame out of nothing.  Let’s you you become a glass maker.  You’re able to precisely apply just enough of the right kind of heat to create beautiful glass pieces.  Your children are pyrokinetics too.  Perhaps they follow in your footsteps or perhaps they choose to go into metallurgy or enlist in military forces and become a combat operative.

It’s such a simple idea but it allows for so much flexibility and conflict.  It lends itself to a vibrant, fresh world.

We left the story alone and moved on to other ideas.  Then came the world of Kinsmen, two science fiction stories that combined romance and enhanced human beings.  They lived on a different planet and their families ran it, the way mafia families had once ran New York.

Now we finally come to BURN FOR ME.  It grew out of those previous stories and we can’t wait to share it with you.  It’s a story of a woman who exists in a world very much like our own, except this world revolves around Houses, magic dynasties.  They own corporations, they dominate politics, and they feud to each other.  It’s a story of over the top adventure, flashy magic, and unlikely romance between Nevada Baylor, who knows when people lie to her and Mad Rogan, the billionaire-mage who wields almost god-like power.

It’s funny and and romantic and it was so much fun to write.  We’re thrilled to work with Avon on it and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Clean Sweep and New Releases from Friends

Clean Sweep and New Releases from Friends

As you probably figured out by now, SWEEP IN PEACE, the second volume in the Innkeeper Chronicles is up on the website.  We are going to try to follow the same format as CLEAN SWEEP, with the rough draft being posted in chunks online, followed by an ebook release.  As a reminder, the audiobook of CLEAN SWEEP is currently available for preorder and will be released on March 19th.

Wicked Scribes has created a great character guide to Innkeeper Series, so if you have forgotten who some of the people are, it’s a good place to catch up.  I’m really impressed with their website overall.  They do a really good summary of the current UF and PNR.

Radiance-Grace-DravenIf you’re in the market for more free online reading, Grace Draven currently has an online story. It’s titled Radiance, it starts with a wedding, and parts 1-3 are already up.

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Also Elizabeth Hunter is posting a serial novella called The Bronze Blade.  According to her it’s not a happy story, but if you are a fan of the Elemental World series and you want to know more about Tenzin, this might be right up your alley.

In other big news, Patricia Briggs’ new Mercy novel, NIGHT BROKEN, has been released this week to  stellar reviews.  Patty has posted some author comments on her site regarding this book, so if you are sucker for inside information, here is a link.

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We get a lot of emails asking us to write a follow up to this story or that story.  We are very glad that you guys enjoyed a Mere Formality or Alphas Origins, but sometimes there is just no urge to return to the world. Mentally you’re just done with it.  If I think about Kate’s or Nevada’s world, the stories began to spiral up like grape vines, almost on their own.  Alphas or Kozlov universe, not as much.

But I wanted to keep you in the loop as to what’s happening:

Innkeeper 2 has been started. We are hoping to end by October and release it in time for Christmas if possible.

MAGIC BREAKS, Book 7 and Not Final (because for some reason people keep asking us if it is) has gone through the copyedit, so we should move on to the galley stage. We are still on target for July 29, 2014 release.

BURN FOR ME, Book 1 in Hidden Legacy series, has been through the first editorial pass.  We are working on implementing those suggestions now.  Our editor, Erika Tsang, is quite awesome.  If her name sounds familiar, it’s also because she edits Jeaniene Frost, so our book is in really good hands.

Once BURN FOR ME edits are finished, we are moving on to Jim and Dali novella, which will hopefully show Jim in a somewhat less serious light.  After that, we begin work on Magic #8, tentatively titled Magic Please Make Money, We Might Have A Kid in College Soon.

Well, that’s about it.  I’m off to work.

Avon Book: Burn for Me

Ahem.  I got permission.  Ta-da!

cover-coming-soon#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada.  But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change.  And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

When? October 28, 2014.  (I didn’t expect it until December.)

How much? $5.99 paperback, $4.99 ebook.

Where to buy? So far, available from: Powell’s | Indiebound | Amazon | B & N

The winner of the title giveaway is JessH.  :)

Clean Sweep, Audio Edition

I got an email from our awesome literary agency:

Hi Ilona and Gordon,

Happy to share with you that Clean Sweep will be available in download audio for pre-order on March 5th, with an official on sale date of March 19th! I’ll keep you posted with any developments.
I thought you might enjoy the attached clip.
All best,
Adrienne
Mad props to Renee Raudman for her great performance and to Adrienne for finagling this awesome deal.

Beta Call: Copyedit of Magic Breaks

Beta Call: Copyedit of Magic Breaks

This is a beta call for the copyedit of Magic Breaks.  This is the stage where the story is mostly set and we’re looking for reader reactions (“He did WHAT?” and “I hate her so much right now”),  plot inconsistencies (funky timelines, height of the characters being off, etc) and severe grammatical errors.  The manuscript is still rough at this stage, so if you prefer to try your luck at an almost complete manuscript (ARC), do not put your name in the hat.

When do you get the manuscript?

Sometime this weekend. Working on it now.

When do the comments have to be sent back?

Before February 22th.  We’ll take it sooner if you can do it sooner.

How do you make the comments?

MS Word comment feature is preferable. If you want to just write the general notes out, please include page numbers and or a chunk of text.  We can copy the chunk of text and spot search the manuscript to find the place where you’re commenting.

How many beta spots are there?

Eight.  Any more and we will have difficulties going through it.  Strong preference will be given to people who had copyedited prior manuscripts, but at least two “new” betas will be picked so there is some chance of getting in.

Will I have to sign an NDA?

Yes. Here it is.  I strongly encourage you to read it to make sure you’re comfortable with it.  Ilona-NDA-1

Some highlights of the NDA:

1) Term.  The term is set for 20 years.  Standard term is 3 years.  Here is why the term is so long.  When you read the first, mangled version of the manuscript, it affects how you view the final product.  We want to make sure that the reader experience at large isn’t affected by our mistakes and rejected chunks of the manuscript.  Because we live in the electronic age, it is conceivable that the books still will be “in print” 3-10 years from now (and possibly longer) and we want to keep the rough versions from getting out.

2) Pitch. If you suggest something to us during the copyedit, a specific way to resolve a plot point, for example, you give up all rights to it.  Basically we “own” your suggestions.  This is to keep us from being sued.

3) What NDA actually makes you do: it prevents you from discussing, reposting, quoting etc the contents of this draft.  This is done to prevent spoilers and to make sure that what most readers see is the polished complete version.

How do I put my name in the hat?

Comment on the blog (the contents of the comment are up to you) and then send an email to us at ilona dot andrews @outlook.com.  Your email must say BETA CE Magic Breaks in the subject and must include your name and indicate that you will be willing to sign the NDA.  The rest of the contents of the email are up to you.  We are trying to gauge your attention to detail.  If you don’t follow these instructions, then you’re probably not a good fit for the copyedit stage.  We ask you to comment first, so we will have a public record of your entry.   If someone gets their panties in a bunch later about whether or not people actually get in on beta from the blog, we can point to your comment.  So really, the comment can say “I like goats!” or “Pick me!”  As long as we get your email after and it follows the format, you are in.

How do I know if I am picked?

We’ll send you an email.  Beta calls usually result in hundreds of entries, so if you don’t get some sort of email by Monday, you are not in. We apologize in advance.

What do I get if I beta?

You get to read the book early, help us make it a better book for everyone else, and your name in the acknowledgements.  That’s it. Seriously.

If my suggestions are helpful, will you recommend me to other authors?

Absolutely.